Nambian Seal Cull: Outrage at Ombudsman findings

by Jun 28, 2012Conservation Threats, Seals, Wildlife News

“From the facts placed before me I do not have adequate and sufficient grounds in law and fact to recommend to the Namibian government to stop the annual seal harvest.”

“I trust my Report with its findings and recommendations will ensure better compliance with domestic legislation, international agreements to which Namibia is a party and ensure a seal harvest more humane than that of slaughtering of cattle in abattoirs.”

The National Council of SPCAs reacts with absolute dismay at the report of the Ombudsman whose findings have been published in relation to the Namibian seal cull. Advocate Walters’ conclusion is reproduced in bold above, a clear indication that the brutal mass killing of seals will continue.

One of the Ombudsman’s findings is that the seals are not deemed to be under the control of any person and therefore are not protected by the Namibian Animals Protection Act. When the NSPCA met with the Ombudsman last year, we motivated and emphasised that when the seal pups are herded by the clubbers/killers, they are in fact under the control of the clubbers who then start swinging clubs at these defenceless pups.

The NSPCA placed faith in the Ombudsman’s enquiry, being named in the report as one of the organisations who submitted representation/presentation. We reiterate our stance that these killings are inhumane in the extreme and unnecessary.

We expect public outrage at the findings which include the statement below: –

“I am of the view that clubbing is the most practical method of killing seals and the only one applicable in the Namibian harvest, provided it should lead to irreversible loss of consciousness and death. “

As animal welfare groups reel in shock at the outcomes expressed in the report, the issue of further action comes into question.

The NSPCA emphasises that whilst we have locus standi on behalf of animals within South Africa, this does not extent to our neighbouring country of Namibia. We share the concerns of all caring and compassionate people who must share out desolation and frustration.

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